You know times are tough when the nation's biggest dog show can't fill seats - and some contestants drop out entirely.
According to the AP, the 133rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, underway at Madison Square Garden, is reporting a hit not just in ticket sales (which can fetch up to $155 for a single day) but in attendance on the competition side, too (AP says it costs $75 to put your pup in the running - but for many showers, that's kibble compared to travel expenses to New York from far-flung cities). Case in point, only 27 of 34 registered Borzois (that's the breed that looks like a greyhound in a Farrah Fawcett wig) showed up at the Garden.
AP says about 15,000 fans cheered on beagle Uno as he was crowned top dog in 2008 -- but this year, plenty of front-row seats are empty. Can these pups get some sort of stimulus package?